Primary Concerns (Or What You Give Your Time To)

So, my writing has been slipping, as usual.  But I think I figured out why:  writing is a me thing. It’s something I do just for me.  That means that I feel like other things are more important than writing, because those other things have value to other people.  Make sense?  Example:  school is important to me, but other people also see it as important, therefore it takes precedence over writing, even when I’m caught up on school stuff and have the time to write. Obviously, I need to train my brain to view writing as a primary concern.

I didn’t come to this realization on my own.  I am taking Holly Lisle’s How to Motivate Yourself class, and this is the point of lesson one.  I’ve read through this lesson twice, and it’s just now starting to sink in.

So what am I going to do about this mindset of mine?  Change it.  The first way I’m going to do that is by putting writing first, literally. Instead of doing my homework first on my days off, I’m going to get in my page goals.  First part of the day = writing , writing = most important thing.

I’m not sleeping much, so I have plenty of time to put this plan into action.  And I’m going to continue to work through this class, too, and see what else I can overcome.

Write on.

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2 thoughts on “Primary Concerns (Or What You Give Your Time To)

  1. When Stephen King was sitting at his laundromat job writing his “little stories” no one cared. When single mom JK was “wasting” her time with a kids book, the world didn’t beg her to finish. Writing is one of those things because it is a private world that friends, family, and significant others don’t understand–“do it later, this other thing is more important”. Every person has a dialog of “shoulds” going on in their head. The voices that sound like “us” so much so that we forget they are someone else’s direct or indirect program. The world will never notice that you didnt write your book, but imagine what happens when they notice that you did write it? Life is a balance, sure, so spend half of it on you…that’s only fair.

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    1. That’s very true, Raymond. People think writing is something that can be easily pushed aside, and I’ve been going along with that for too long, even with myself. No more, though. Imagine if we didn’t have Stephen King’s or J.K. Rowling’s books!

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